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. so we're trying to focus that anger. >> that's why democratic leaders are using the remaining days before at the election to push 11th hour legislation. >> creating jobs by making it in america, not transferring jobs overseas. >> a series of bills in the house, even one this week requiring american flags to be made in america. now, in the senate, the bill to end some tax breaks for companies expanding overseas and giving new tax incentives to businesses bringing jobs home. >> when a corporation tries to take away someone's job and send it halfway around the world, we have to stop them. >> this bill we'll be voting cloture on on tuesday will do nothing to create jobs here in our country. >> republicans scoff at what they call the latest in a series of desperate last-minute political votes. melman and other democratic strategists are telling their candidates, this -- >> it's a bright line. it won't be enough to change the whole political climate. is it enough to win some seat somewhere? the answer is yes. >> a little bit of a reality check. democratic sources say they know the legisl
's president says the u.s. could have been behind the 9/11 attacks. we'll run down the list of all the president's men packing their bags. live from the studio in washington. this is "special report." good evening, i'm bret baier. house republicans today rolled out the document they hope will be their ticket to majority status. pledge to america has 21 plags of promises, many a direct slap at president obama. democrats were quick to respond today. correspondent shannon bream looks at the fine print of the pledge. >> washington has made the problem worse. >> reporter: today, republican leaders vowed if they retake the majority of the seats in the house november 2, that will change. outlined in the pledge to america, beefing up the national security can, repealing healthcare legislation and reigning in government size and spending. >> this president and this congress put this nation on the road to bankruptcy and they're pressing down on the accelerator. time to press on the break and put us back on the road to recovery and opportunity. >> reporter: republicans say they plan to do tha
? congratulations. you get the book. appreciate it. that's it for us. situation room with wolf blitzer next. >>> new evidence that the man trying to bomb times square in new york city didn't plan to stop there. this hour, we're learning more about the terror threats then and now including a potential plot to attack high-profile targets in europe. >>> also, the california governor's race gets combustible with new allegations leveled by a former housekeeper to republican candidate meg whitman. stand by for the story and brand new polls on some of the hottest political races in the nation. some will surpriseyou. our investigative correspondent will reveal how she was almost punked. political activist tried to create a fake story and embarrass cnn. wait until you hear and see these very strange details. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room". >>> threatened to be the most serious terror attacks since 9/11. now we're learning that he had over targets as well. a potential terror plot in europe that may have been green lighted by osama bin laden himself. let's bring in homeland security correspon
who said, lisa, please, please give us that choice because they told me, we cannot accept is the extremist views of joe miller, and we cannot -- [cheers and applause]. >> will not... [cheers and applause]. >> we can't. [cheers and applause]. >> eric: what does it mean for the race and for tea partiers nationwide? coming up in a few minutes, we'll bring you joe miller's first response to the senator's comments. fox news sunday host anchor, chris wallace will join us live. jamie? >> jamie: tea party groups, eric, hope for another big win, a race they are hoping for, the kentucky race and backing rand paul, an ophthalmologist in his race against jack conway, rand paul joins us live from bowling green, kentucky, dr. paul, thanks for being with us. good morning. >> good morning, good to be with you. thanks for having me. >> jamie: no doubt, there is a tidal wave when it comes to the tea party and many people are trying to figure out what it is. do you see it as a wing of the g.o.p.? or is it a critique of it? >> well, i tell people that the tea party is equal parts chastisement
now very, very necessary in america before it's too late. >> msnbc's rachel maddow joining us this hour to discuss this and more. >>> new questions about the president's timetable and strategy for afghanistan. >>> in a league of his own, nfl star goes back to his childhood home to help one of the poorest countries in the world. it is a story you have to see to believe. >>> good day, i'm andrea mitchell live in new york today. the pastor of a tiny church in florida could be in sighting a holy war against the islamic world if he sticks to his plan to burn korans on 9/11. >> i am definitely a radical but not in that sense. i am not promoting the changing of the constitution. i am not promoting the killing of çpeople. i am radical in the sense that i believe the bible to be the word of god. i believe jesus christ is the only way to salvation, to forgiveness. >> a short time ago a 9/11 families group issued a statement calling jones' plan unacceptable and, quote, abhorrent" and an as a result to victims of 9/11 and the many brave individuals who have risen in the defense of our n
for joining us. tonight, nine years after the attacks, why is osama bin laden still out there? why now do we seem more divided about an apprehensive over islam than nine years ago? how active a hunt for osama bin laden is it really? the answers might surprise you. >>> one on one with donald trump, he has a way out for the planners of islamic center. his way out is a buyout. they say they're not selling. is he taking no for an answer? stay tuned and hear it as only trump can tell it. >>> that huge gas fire in california. did warnings of a gas leak go unanswered? hear from a man who watched his neighborhood explode, his neighbors die and says none of this had to happen. >>> keeping them honest, with two thing that is haven't changed since the nine years on the attacks of new york and washington and in the heroic skies over pennsylvania. nine years later, we still haven't caught or killed the top leaders of al qaeda and nine years later, the president still has to remind americans that we're at the war against islamic extremism, not all of islam. president bush stood in the wreckage of the worl
. >> reporter: good morning from chicago, jenna. late last night a senior u.s. official confirmed to me that there has really been a ramping up of the drone campaign in the tribal areas of pakistan. the number of strikes is at an all time high since the administration came into office. the intelligence they are getting on the ground is extremely good and they are able to target with extreme levels of accuracy. the groups they are looking at right now are not only al-qaida, the pakistani taliban that was the group that trained the attempted bomber in time square and also the akani network. let's take a look at a map where we can show the people where we are being told the threat is being aimed at right now. there is a heightened state of alert in britain, france, germany as well. specifically when you talk about the french their concern is not only the tribal areas of pakistan for operatives, also north africa, you see algeria, morocco and t u.n. isia. this is the home of aqim that has been on the radar for some time. the question among u.s. intelligence officials and others is whether t
is amber lion. what can you tell us today? certainly millions of craigslist users are noticing. >> well, tom, something you noticed physically about craigslist is if you live in the u.s. and go to your local page and scroll down to where the adults services section used to be you are met with a big black bar that says "sencensored." i have been on the phone trying to get ahold of craigslist and e-mailed them to see if this is permanent. we haven't heard back yet. one thing's for sure. this section has caused controversy in the past. people saying craigslist isn't doing enough to protect women and children that victims advocates say were being sold like sex slaves under this portion. in may, 2009, craigslist said they are going to start screening ads manually to protect women and children. for our investigation we put craigslist to the test, keeping them honest to see if they are doing what they say they are doing. we created this ad. in this ad it violates all of craigslist's rules. we wrote sweet, innocent, new girl indicating the girl could be a minor. we clearly put a price on here.
"rick's list." my thanks to barbara starr for bringing us up to date on this story. if anything else develops we'll bring it to you as well. we'll also be cactus league on ton -- also be keying on the situation in boulder, colorado, the latest on those fires now declared a state of emergency and also the latest on the tropical storm now going into inland texas and parts of oklahoma. we're worried a little bit about flash flooding so we'll be following that. all that and more here on primetime edition of "rick's list." now my colleague wolf blitzer in "the situation room." >>> thanks very much, rick. happening now it's a major break from president obama. just weeks after leaving his post the former white house budget director now arguing for a temporary extension of the controversial bush era tax cuts for the wealthy. >>> plus as ohio goes so goes the nation? the phrase rings true as democrats struggling right now to hold on to critical seats in time for november's mid term election. the best political team on television is in ohio right now live with the cnn election express. i'
. it is what it is. thanks for having my back on this. thank you for being with us. we're going to continue to follow the latest on the news including the latest on president carter. last time he checked, the staff is saying he's going to spend the night in hospital for observation. looking for you tonight at 8:00 p.m. on the primetime edition of "rick's list." here now, "the situation room" with wolf blitzer. >>> president obama trying to win over voters with a list in his pocket. the reason he's still trying to explain his christian beliefs. the health of america's kids caught in a food fight right now. will michelle obama win at the expense of fellow democrats and advocates for the poor. >>> and the evidence against u.s. soldiers accused of murder. it's threatening to explode worldwide and the pentagon may be scrambling down to avoid an international embarrassment. we're following up on the shocking allegations that troops in afghanistan killed for sport. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room. >>> up first this hour, this coming in to the situation room, republicans going to ex
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for us at the pentagon. what do we know about the virus and where it might have come from? >> reporter: what we know is that it's called stuxnet, it's a real tongue twister. what we now from the security firm is that 60% of the attacks by this worm have taken police inside iran. iranian officials are now saying that their nuclear facility, the one built by the russians has had technical difficulties as a result of this worm and we know that some of the centrifuges at the main facility in iran where they are enriching highly enriched uranium, it has been slowed down. the begs the question, jon, who is behind this cyber attack. it is a cyber attack. it is likely something that was embedded inc into software and t software, yes semens which is a german company sold a lot of software to the iranians that is used in the nuclear program. the question is, was it germany behind it, israel or was it the united states. the united states has a very sophisticated cyber command out at fort meade. there is a unit that specializes in cyber attacks. so a lot of questions being raised. officially the p
ever. there have also been u.s. helicopters targeting militants in pakistan. three strikes this month. also a record. the news of the increased threat from pakistan and the stepped-up drone attacks, comes as "obama's wars" shakes up from the pentagon to kabul. bob woodward describing intense white house sessions last fall, pitting president obama against his military leadership. with the war in afghanistan getting worse by the day, the president wanted a number of options on the table, before deciding on a new strategy. but author, bob woodward, told diane sawyer, mr. obama was getting only one option from the military leaders. committing at least 40,000 troops. >> at one of the meetings, if i can quote him directly, he says, i'm pissed. and he is. they keep coming back about details. >> reporter: finally, the president grew so frustrated, he sat down and dictated a six-page document, defining the military mission. a mission he said required significantly fewer troops than the 40,000 minimum the military wanted. >> i have determined that it is in our vital national interest, to send a
was the official hand jomp as u.s. forces stepped back into a supporting and training role. >> ending this war is not only in iraq's interest, it's in our own. the united states has paid a huge price to put the future of iraq in the hands of its people. through this remarkable chapter and the history of the united states and iraq, we have met our responsibilities. now it's time to turn the page. >> william cohen served as defense secretary under president bill clinton and is now with the cohen group. mr. secretary k-we turn the page? >> well, the page has been turned in the sense that the combat mission is over, combat will continue. it's still a very volatile, dangerous region, and we're going to don't see more assaults launched against the iraqi people, against the 50,000 soldiers who remain there. the real question for me is what's going happen to the remaining 50,000, how will they be down sized in the coming year. what struck me about last night's speech was that the president talked about conditionality on the ground in afghanistan, in other words the reductions that are coming next summ
. bill karins tracking this storm very closely for us and how does it look right snow. >> the storm weakened from a category 4 to a 3. looks like we're going through another burst of intensification. you can see it right there. a clearing of an eye and that is usually the storm is tightening itself up and the winds will increase slightly during the day today. warm water out ahead of it and we do not expect much more weakening by the time it gets out towards north carolina. the hurricane hunter aircraft is just on its way in. now the next storm, the next hurricane hunter aircraft will be in there probably another three hours from now. until then we'll have to look and get estimates on the satellite of how strong earl is. the wind field 125 mi-mile-per-r winds. as we go into friday, our computer models, we have been watching these closely. when you see the pink line to the right, that would be a hard-glancing blow. the line all the way to the left in the blue would be huge problems. we'll end up with something in the middle and that's what the hurricane forecast is as of now. cat 3 to
out and instead stay on the job. one person tells us she plans to work until she dies. i'll tell what you, this isn't a new phenomenon. take a look at these numbers here. in 1998, 12% of workers over 65 stayed on the job by choice. in 2008, 17% of older workers delayed retirement. now we're at 18%. so we're seeing this number inch up. by 2018, it's forecast that 22% of workers are going to delay their requirement. now not everyone is staying at their current job. some choose to take on new projects. others start a business. one person tells us when he retired he started a small ebay business. then again some other people just decide to change careers. they got the confidence to do that. one mother who retired from the public school system is now a college professor and education consultant. some people have options, t.j., because at this age they're at the height of their careers and not really ready to pack it in and start golfing, gardening and bird watching. they want to reach to new heights in their careers. >> you give some of the reasons there they might want to keep working. ho
with your afro on roller skates doing the bump roll. give it to us. >> the pretenders. you bring your skates in tomorrow. >> that's a deal. hello, everyone. we have today to deal with. a lot of news live from studio 7 at cnn world headquarters. the big stories on this thursday, september 16th, new details on the california pipeline explosion. the owner was going to repair the pipe three times over the last three years but never did. >> it makes me angry because i think they should be more concerned about the people that live around the neighborhoods. >>> and this, almost six centuries after henry viii split from the roman catholic church, great britain gets a visit from the pope. >>> those stories right here right now in the cnn newsroom. up first, this hour, it is the economy. is there anything else? we're following several stories affecting your finances. on the jobs front, a dip in first time unemployment claims, tax cuts and the political debate unfolding on capitol hill. more democrats break with the president, and the housing market, whether have the latest figures on foreclosures. >>>
on behalf of a u.s. born cleric. al-awlaki's father who filed the case said the case can hurt nationalure execute. >> agents were looking for a connection between local anti-war activist and terrorist groups in columbia. in the middle east no arrests were made. >> overnight lindsay lohan released from jail despite the fact she was supposed to be locked up until late october. her attorney challenged the ruling that ordered her to be held in prison without bail. >> that mug shot she needs as a head shot. she now has to wear a ankle bracelet and stay away from places that sell alcohol. the 24 year old is do you back in court in october 22nd to determine if she violated her drug test. lohan served less than one-third of her jail sentence and released from rehab: a aircraft landed safely in an remote air of kaistana. >> it looks like the moon. >> the three astronauts returned to the earth following a six month stay. they were placed in reclining chairs to help them adjust to gravity. >> and bora topped that out. >> lock how cavalier we are about space travel. 10 or 15 years ago we would have s
the weekend at camp david but he used his labor day weekend address to talk about the efforts to create jobs and make college more affordable, cut taxes and overhaul the healthcare system. the comments follow more discouraging news from the labor department that the economy shed 54,000 jobs in august. the unespecially employment rate kicked up to 9.6%. >> long before the recession hit, middle class had been taking hard shots. long before the recession, the hard work that built the country had been given short shift. >> the president and the economic team try to reassure americans that better days are ahead, many in the g.o.p. say the obama recovery summer never materialized and it's time to do something new. >> the nation's unemployment rate has now been above 9% for 16 consecutive months. this is despite the fact that the obama administration promised that the trillion-dollar stimulus would keep unemployment below 8%. so the question remains: where are the jobs? >> well, expect more talk about jobs and the middle class from the president soon after a weekend at camp david. he hit the road p
jolie told reporters, i have no words. leaders from the state department and the u.s. military to the head of his laumic society of north america are also calling on pastor terry jones to reconsider. >> i'm heartened by the clear, unequivocal of this disrespectful, disgraceful act that has come from american religious leaders of all faiths. >> top u.s. commanders in afghanistan were warn the koran building could put u.s. soldiers at risk. kerry sanders is at the site in gainesville, florida. what is going to go on saturday? is this group going to still burn the koran? are they able to do it? >> this is called the dove outreach center and the pastor jones, as you mentioned, has a congregation maybe of 50. they claim they're going to gather in the field here in front of the chunrch and they'r going to set up a stage and make speeches and then they're going to take the korans, which they have already purchased. some they say were donated. they're going to put them, they say, into a pit, light them on fire and burn them. but there are hurdles that they're going to have to clear tha
>>> tensions running high in europe right now over fears of a possible tror attack and is the u.s. at risk, too? >>> plus, a super soaker. tropical depression number 16 dwumping on a ton of rain on florida right now and then expected to head right up the east coast. >>> bristol palin's ex meets our own lawrence o'donnell. this one you want to see, believe me. >>> good wednesday morning, i'm chris jansing. live from msnbc world headquarters in new york. well, with the potential republican takeover of congress breathing down his neck, a newly energized and clearly fired up president obama is back on the road and he's got an awful lot at stake. this is the barack obama that fired up an electorate and took the white house. >> the prediction among the pundits is, this is going to be a blood letting for democrats. that's what they're saying in washington. we can't let this country fall backwards because the rest of us didn't care enough to fight. the stakes are too high for our country and for your future and i'm going to get throughout and fight as hard as i can and i know you are, too
. at the moment, each carrier flies to 69 u.s. cities. southwest is quite a bit larger. last year southwest blew nor than 100 million passengers while airtran flew about 24 million. look at aircraft there. southwest has about 544 aircraft. airtran about 138 aircraft. the vast majority of boeing 737s making it easy to have standard maintenance. if regulators and shareholders approve this will be the third major airline consolidation in two years. united and continental are due to close their merger days from now this week becoming the largest airline in america. today that title belongs to delta, which acquired northwest in 2008. enough with the facts and figures. what about fares and fees? time to bring in my q&a partner richard quest in london. from dallas, rick seaney, the ceo of faircompare.com. richard, start with you in europe. a lot of experience with discount airlines. generally speaking the merger of two airlines means, could mean -- could mean -- higher prices. not always the case. in this case what does it mean when it's two discount airlines? >> i think the thing to remember is why so
that responsibility. to use those resources properly. to rebuild their country and establish some kind of democratic government there in iraq. you know, he also pointed out, however, that since the u.s. military will remain there for some time, he's still optimistic that all of the u.s. military could be out by the end of 2011 and pointed out that if that were to change, the iraqis would be the ones that would have to change it and gates himself doesn't think that would be politically viable for the iraqis to do that. and, finally, when asked if the war was worth it, gates, actually, thought about this for a minute before saying, look, the problem is no matter how much success the u.s. military may have had, how much success the u.s. government will have in the coming months in helping put together some kind of democratic institutions there in iraq, the war itself will always be clouded by the fact that the u.s. went to war on an invalid proposition that saddam hussein had the weapons of mass destruction. >> all right, nbc jim mic miklaszewski at the pentagon for us. thank you, mik. >> you bet. >>>
not adjourn until we vote. >> the president finally uses the bully bull pit to bully. >> the policies we fought so hard for to change in 2008. >> but in the politics of taxation, can reality trump myth. >> somehow there's a myth out there, that we have raised taxes on small businesses. in fact we've lowered taxes on just about everybody. >> he's pushed for progressive taxation, he's going after the rich. he's done what a progressive should have tried to do. >> good evening from new york. i'm lawrence owe only do. you can run, but you can never hide from the great never ending tax debate. republicans will never let you. they believe the party of less taxes will always beat the party of more taxes as long as the voters are listening to the debate. >> mr. reagan will raise taxes, and so will i. he won't tell you, i just did. >> because the deficit has increased so much, beyond my earlier estimates, and beyond even the worst official government estimates from last year. we just have to face the fact that to make the changes our country needs, more americans must contribute today so that all
shourd is released after being held for more than a year. reza sayah will join us from pakistan shortly to tell us more about the release and cost $500,000 to get her bail paid. >>> also happening right now, a multi-state manhunt for this doctor, a phoenix area pediatrician suspected of distributing child porn. the fbi says that the dr. luna may have fled from arizona to texas, california illinois or mexico. all places he has called home some point. last week, the doctor under house arrest and required to wear an angle monitoring bracelet but officers say he just cut it off and bolted. keep in mind this is a man whose jobs is to care for our sick, vulnerable kids. and he's charged with five counts of distributing child pornography in interstate commerce. these neighbors, some children were treated at the suspect's office. >> i don't know why anyone would want to indulge in child pornography. i think it's horrible. >> reporter: doctor luna's arrest shocked parents and neighbors. he is accused of sharing thousands of files of child porn online. >> if in fact he did do it, he should never
would be right. that's wrong. we don't have anymore money to spend. a lot of us don't have jobs anymore. this is a much deeper structural problem than obama is willing to accept. that's the number one problem. that's why we haven't had the recovery. joining us to explain it further is former secretary of labor under president clinton, robert rush. he's also chancellor of public policy at berkeley. his book "aftershock" the next economy in america's future will be out in september. secretary rush, do i have that roughly right? we have a confused crisis of confidence with a deep-seeded structural problem in the country? >> i think there is a deep-seeded structural problem. it's not just the business cycle. most people looking at this deep recession, this deep depression have said if you just get businesses and consumers to spend more, we'll be back up to where we should be, but there are deeper problems we are not addre addressing. >> let's talk about the problems. what caused the structural damage in the first place? >> for one people, people have fot had wage increases. if they do have
and the district of columbia. we are spotlighting the hot races. paul steinhauser joining us live from washington, d.c. paul, delaware and, let's say, new hampshire top our list because of what we like to call the tea party factor. >> reporter: you are absolutely right. this last big round of primaries this year, and you've got that kind of crisis going on there on the republican side in the primaries. tea party backed candidates and conservative candidates taking on and gaining strength at the expense of the mainstream republican candidates. long-time did republican candidate mike castle is being challenged by christine o'donnell, backed by the tea party express is gaining strength. this could come down to the wire. this would be a huge victory for the tea party if she wins. in new hampshire, something similar as well. you have the former attorney general up there of new hampshire, kelly ayotte, backed by the establishment republicans, but a guy called oh vid lamontagne, run before up there, he is a conservative and outsider. he is gaining strength. if he wins, another big victory for the tea pa
at that closed door meeting with the president. what have you learned? >> democratic congressional leaders used that strategy session at the white house today to press the president to be more aggressive in helping them campaign in the final weeks before november's elections. i'm told that house speaker nancy pelosi spoke up and said the congressional democrats really want to see him do more of the kind of rally he held in wisconsin this week where he amped up the rhetoric for democratic policies and against republicans especially when it comes to the issue of jobs and the economy. i'm told that in this meeting, the president made clear there would be more campaign events coming, more are already actually on the books beyond the three rallies that have been as publicly in neve metro, pennsylvania, ohio. these sources we talked to insist the tone of the meeting was not hostile. however, democratic congressional leaders did want to hear the promise directly from the president's lips he was going to help them. i can tell you that congressional democratic sources i talked to for some timex pressed
the president and his allies are hitting back. >> they drove us into the ditch. if we give the keys back to the people who did this it would be like giving back the keys to the person who did this. we will explain what we are watching here. what are we seeing here? >> right now we are watching tropical storm hermine p. all the way to mexico. especially in south texas and parts of the loan star state. look at the radar right now. already starting to see the rain bands moving towards the coast. watching out for flash flooding. look at the doppler radar estimates. so, certainly we will find some problems in the loan star state over the next couple of days. quiet conditions for today. dealing with a few showers and storms in florida and in the pacific northwest. >> thanks so much. we will talk again soon. pakistan rocked by a suicide bombing. at least 17 people killed and more than 40 others wounded. now the taliban claiming responsibility for this and says it is intentionally targeting the police. >> the local police are encouraged to tell local villagers to set up militias to try to keep t
the official end of u.s. combat operations in iraq. after almost seven and a half years since the invasion that toppled saddam hussein. the president is expected to outline where the war goes from here and what lies ahead in afghanistan. coming up right after the speech a special o'reilly factor. here is bill with a preview. bill? >> bill: bret, after the president speaks tonight we have our barack and hard place duo colmes and crowley analyze what he said and the political implications of his remarks. also colonel david hunt and lt. colonel ralph peters on the military situation right now in iraq. is it getting worse? could the terrorists still win? that, plus the usual factor chaos with john stossel, lis wiehl and kimberly guilfoyle coming up when you bret decide to hand it back to me. >> bret: it won't be long. major thoughts on this speech. >> five troops offering veterans assistance for whatever they may need. tough talk about the work in afghanistan. unfinished business in iraq including formation of a unity government and urgent call for action on the u.s. economy. this latter, bret
with washington. let us not forget that the tea party stands for taxed enough already. i think people are very upset with the size of government and they're upset with the spending going on and upset with the direction that the country is heading in. >> the republicans didn't recognize that. it didn't take, you know a political genius to figure out that people were mad as hell and weren't going to take it any more. >> yes, ychris, i do. the republican establishment in washington, yes, i do believe they were taken off stream and i think a lot of the leaders here very comfortable in washington and don't get back to their districts as much and don't travel around the country as much. i've heard, i've seen it and it's not a shock to me. it's a shock to a lot of the people in the building behind me. >> do you feel like you were delivered this huge gift? >> i am not going to count any chickens before they're hatched because i learned a dramatic lesson during the presidential primary in 2008 the voters will have their say and all the predictions can kind of get thrown out the window. ron is doing a v
. they sort of plightly said to us that we were barking up the wrong tree when it came to talking about damage. i told you earlier about my son who lives in halifax. i just got off the phone from him. i woke him from his college slumber on a saturday morning. he looked out the window and said it was windy and rainy. but it's no worse than a rainy day in chicago. so there you go. >> you're going to have to send him or $20 or something for helping you with your news gathering. >> i'll be having a lobster roll on your behalf, alex. >> oh, good. thank you very much, kevin tibbles. thank you for the update. >>> nbc mooe meeteorologist bil karins is following earl. >> we have a weather spot in halifax now. it's perfect. they're going to go through the storm in the next two hours. let's show you storm itself. the last rain bands exited bangor, maine and bar harbor now. the rain will take another two or three hours. that will clear your location. you can see we now are watching land fall there in nova scotia of a strong tropical storm. we're going to get tree damage and minor structural damage. an upd
they used to work at los alamos in new mexico. that, of course, has been involved in u.s. nuclear research and other scientific works since world war ii. and now, new details from washington, dc. sounds like this was quite a sting operation. >>reporter: it was. the couple, both u.s. citizens were dealing with an undercover f.b.i. agent but they thought they were dealing with an official from venezuela. the couple met with the agent multiple times beginning in march of 2008 through july of 2009 and the couple provided a 132-page document of restricted data. in this case it means information on how to design, manufacture, or use atomic weapons. in return the couple asked for nearly $800,000 in cash. >>shepard: this guy has been on the radar for a long time? >>reporter: he has. based on our research back in 1986 he criticized the funding for the laboratory's projects and suggested federal dollars would be better spend elsewhere. a year later when the workforce at los alamos was cut his position was eliminated and as a result the department of energy pulled his security clearance. enjoy, these
. >> they are trying to figure us out. they should keep news two separate places, i do believe. good to see you guys this morning. you will have a good one. we are going to pick up on what they were talking about there. this hurricane, massive hurricane. hurricane earl. it is making its way. there it is. it is big, powerful and going to be a menace. we don't know how big of a menace just yet. the east coast, literally from the carolinas to maine. you just heard from kiran, some evacuations are getting under way. more could be coming. we are your hurricane headquarters. we will be live for you along the coast. have the very latest for you with our jacqui jeras who is here as well. it is never too early to start saving for college. it is getting more and more esses expense ive. look at these little guys. they are putting money into the bank for their college tuition they are going to use in about 13 years or so. we will explain that. >>> again, we are your hurricane headquarters. the talk about this hurricane, hurricane earl right mao. it is a category 3. it went from category 4 to category 3. do not
this battle is costing the u.s. economy tons of money. >>> plus, you know rick sanchez as the outspoken host of cnn's "rick's list" but did you know he was once an impoverished refugee? i've read his book, we'll talk about it live. >>> and an electric car that goes 307 miles an hour. i know you're not interested in going that fast on the highway any time soon. but the technology behind the buckeye bullet could help build our future cars. i'll talk about that, as well. >>> but first, defending religious freedom in this country continues to be a hot issue. there is an emergency meeting under way right now in d.c. an interfaith meeting. it is a meeting to talk about this growing islamaphobia in this country. we're bringing you that in a moment. but i want to bring you back to why this is an issue. and it all goes back to the proposed construction of a mosque and islamic center near ground zero. this is the property that's being looked at. it's called park 51. that's the project. it was an old burlington coat factory. we talk about it as being -- or some people talk about it as being at ground z
about iran. she joins us in her very first interview before addressing the general assembly and meeting all the other delegates. susan rice, thank you so much. iran again challenging the u.n. watchdog saying it is operating illegally, has no right to crack down. he's also saying the u.n. sanctions are having no effect, the effect of an interview -- in one interview he says it was a spoiled kleenex. what is your best information on how to deal with iran and whether these sanctions are having any effect? because certainly in his public statements skand iran's behavio it doesn't seem to have stepped back. >> you wouldn't expect the leader of iran to come ask say the sanctions are killing me. but with all the evidence we've seen, these have proven to be the toughest set of sanctions. u.n. community has ever imposed on iran and they're having difficulty as well as having iran move ships to acquire access to banking. they came in three categories. first, that that we passed at the united nations securities council. then the european union came behind, as did japan and south korea, others, can
a major shift in the balance of power could be on the way. molly henneberg is live in washington for us. molly, nice to see you. a new poll suggesting that african-americans aren't very enthusiastic about these upcoming elections, right? >> hi, rick. nice to see you, too. yes, at least not as fired up as they were for the 2008 presidential election. gallup asked black and white voters if they were thinking, quote, quite a lot or some about the upcoming midterm in 2008 over 2008 both groups were giving the race for the white house a good bit of thought. going into the mid terms only 25% of blacks compared to 42% of whites are thinking quite a lot or some about these mid terms. one democratic strategist says it may have to do with president obama's first two years in office. >> given that he has not achieved the success that i think that i think any of us would have wanted him to achieve, there is a sense of disillusionment, disappointment among his core supporters which were largely though certainly not entirely african-americans and i think their level of enthusiasm for voting this time
for joining us tonight. can a politician simply refuse to debate her opponents and refuse to answer questions from reporters and still get elected? we will soon find out. fresh from her debate disaster, arizona's governor says never again, no more debates, period. wait until you hear the reason she says she took part in that one disastrous debate wednesday. according to her, it wasn't to talk to voters. it was money, $1.7 million. we're keeping them honest. >>> also tonight another politician that seems to be dodging questions and responsibility, democratic congresswoman eddie bernice johnson, now blaming her top staffer for a scholarship scandal, giving thousands in charities of scholarship money to her relatives and staffer's relatives. >>> we're tracking earl up the east coast, though nowhere near as strong as anyone feared. it's now closing in on new england. where, when and how badly it could affect your labor day weekend. >>> andre agassi dominated tennis and, for much of his life, hated every single minute of it. the life he says was hoisted on him. >>> keeping them honest with a surpr
with no because i'm not. if god told us to do it, then i guess he could tell us to do something different. >> this morning, general ray ordeearno also expressed his concern of american troops if this burning takes place. >> i think there will be some backlash and i think we have seen some already. >> kerry sanders is in florida. this church, if it tries to burn the koran, it would be violating an ordinance, right? >> yes. the city has an ordinance, not related to burning of korans, but just burning anything in your yard. they have a field here and the ordinance is rather specific. it allows, for instance, kids to go camping and have a little camp fire in their yard. but, it has to be twigs and branches. the city police department says that they have interpreted the ordinance that if they were to burn the books that the ink in the koran would be a hazardous material and, so, what they're planning to do is if they decide to come out here and burn the koran as they say they're going to do on the anniversary of 9 /11 the gainesville fire department will be on alert. if they try to spark it, t
as president obama's chief of staff in the senate. white house correspondent is a savannah guthrie joins us now. what is the key impact by rahm leaving and being replaced by pete rouse? >> reporter: it's a real culture shift at the white house. rahm emanuel is a larger than life figure, somebody well known. this is going to be a real difference in style. piece rouse has been with president obama since back in his senate days. he's in old washington hand, been around forforever. he keeps a lower profile, not one of these guys you'll see out at washington parties. doesn't maintain close relationships with washington reporters. i would use the word a beloved figure inside the white house. he's something of a calm erin influence. i'm told by people who have worked with him over the years that he's somebody who has been very strategic and very smart about recruiting top talents. it's kind of a who's who of names in democratic circles. people he's recruited to work for him and anita dun being one of them. he's somebody who has a lot of xperps. he's probably going to be brought in as an acting chief o
treasury secretary told us to boost the economy by smoking and having more cigarettes? and drinking booze. yeah. it's one that some of our finer counterpoints recommend. good point, right? i'm thomas roberts live from msnbc world headquarters in new york. we hope you're enjing your labor day. we are here at work and keeping a watchful eye on a storm in the gulf. hermine formed overnight causing potential issues for the texas coast. meteorologist scott williams joins us now live to talk about this. what are we seeing and as the storm is forming, i mean, really barrelling toward texas. >> yeah. certainly right, thomas. we are watching this storm system getting the act together right now. tropical storm hermine packing winds at 45 miles per hour but the water temperatures are still warm and the conditions are favorable for some further intensification. right now, we are tracking warm water temperatures. you can see it in the mid-80s here in the gulf of mexico. the western gulf, the storm moving to the north at 10 miles per hour. you can see making a beeline toward northeast mexico and southe
and it is out of control. >> our president has failed us. >> republicans are too busy listening to america's biggest corporations. when it is time for a photo-op for small business -- >> the land of opportunity has become the land of shrinking prosperity. >> the president: the last election was about a changing of the guard. this election is about guarding the change. >> we get it. we get it. this is why when we outline in here our pledge to america, i can tell you, we are very serious. >> sean: there are only 40 days remaining until voters head to the polls. today was without question a day that belonged to the republican party. looking to restore america's confidence in their government house gop leaders officially unveiled their pledge to america today in virginia. standing shoulder to shoulder with the man who could soon be the next speaker of the house john boehner the party promised to cut government spending repeal obama care, secure the border. >> we pledge to you that we will create jobs. end economic uncertainty and make america more competitive. we will cut washington wasteful s
and accusing him of harassment, a sexting d.a. case. she will join us. and box three, bill o'reilly and jon stewart, the interview is happening now. when it's over, papa bear comes to studio b unless breaking news changing everything. but first, new details from new york of america's longest war and the struggle of how to fight it from a brand new book by bob woodward called "obama's wars," and we have not read it because we don't have a copy but we have parts of it showing how the administration members have argued among themselves about afghanistan war and shows what is going on there as we commit tens of thousands more troops, american troops. in the book, he claims several important members of the president's team doubted the strategy can work. he writes about the afghanistan president karzai and his mental state which is precarious and says the c.i.a. is funding and controlling 3,000 secret man army of afghans conducting military operations in pakistan. and now live from the pentagon. the white house seems to be happy with this book. >> well, they are. it is interesting, i have a copy
afford it. get california working again-for all of us. >> couric: tonight, losing ground. the dramatic impact of the recession, americans making less than a decade ago, living in homes that have fallen in value. i'm katie couric. also tonight, can president obama recapture the magic? in 2008 he inspired the young to vote in droves. can he get them back to the polls in november? and faith and knowledge in this one nation under god, many americans know surprisingly little about religion. >> we're a nation of religious illiterates. captioning sponsored by cbs from cbs news world headquarters in new york, this is the "cbs evening news" with katie couric. >> couric: good evening, everyone. the recession may be officially over, but it has left the confidence of americans badly shaken. and numbers just out from the government today show why. since the recession began, household incomes have fallen nearly 3% to just over $50,000. adjusting for inflation, americans are making $4,000 less than they were a decade ago. and their biggest investment, their home, has lost nearly 6% of i
the conversation going. send us some suggestions as to the worst song ever. the big stories for wednesday, the 15th of september, the gop strategy to retake control of congress in doubt today. a tea party candidate wins big in delaware despite firm opposition from the republican establishment. >>> federal workers who report violations may be putting their careers on the line. the government advocate for whistle blowers cuesed of retribution. >> it is set up to make sure whistle blowers do not blow the whistle. >>> i am talking live this hour with former u.s. senator sam nunn. good morning, everyone. those stories and your comments right here right now in the cnn newsroom. >>> how about a cup of tea with your primary election results? ahead of the vote, we've highlighted some of the hot races to watch, delaware, new hampshire, new york. we begin with delaware and a big win for the tea party. plit political commentator christine o'donnell defeated congressman mike castle in the u.s. senate primary. >> there are a lot of people who are rallying behind me who are frustrated that the republican party ha
something later today and tomorrow . impact us posentially. this flair up could have pulled off north. that is earl moving around bang lor at this point . within a couple of four or five hours it is done for us . we will be done for earl. that is good news. we'll have complete sunshine much of the eastern sea board and so planning your labor day weekend, behind the storm things are looking beautiful. stay out of the water to let the rip currents go away. tomorrow things will be great. >> a state of emergency declared in new zealand christchurch. a second earthquake hit there this morning. a lot of people are trapped. happens of buildings are collapse power is out to thousands of people and many of the roads are broken up. also in new zealand a skydiving trip turns deadly. nine people were killed including four tourist from ireland, england and germany. it took off east of christchurch where the big earthquake took place. >> big equipment switch on the blown out well in the gulf. bp replaced the well head with a working one. it is expected to reach the water today. blow out preventer i
the pressure on as long as we can. the u.s. officials say the threats come from a variety of sources. bill: i'm losing count here, how many strikes in the past few weeks, steve. >> reporter: it's hard to count exactly. they don't give us the exact numbers, but there has been some assessment over there, according to the "wall street journal" there have been at least 20 drone strikes so far this month in the tribal regions of pakistan, that's across the border inside pakistan, the highest monthly toelt in the last six years. the necessity was hammered home during a recent congressional hearing on terror. >> today al-qaida and are in pakistan is at one of its weakest points, i would stress that the group has time and time again proven its resill lens and remains a very capable and determined area. >> reporter: the cia doesn't confirm or talk about the strikes, it is no secret it takes place. they say when conditions allow us to act in strict accord with the law we do. that's the bottom line. bill: a good reminder this war is far from over. we've seen the highest number of attacks by drones in pa
. >> reporter: the top 20% of earners in the country now make more than half of the income generated in the u.s. that's up from 49.7% in 2007. and the poorest 20% earn only 3% of the country's income. the great divide is a college degree. the unemployment rate for college graduates is less than 5%. for those with just a high school diploma, it's more than 10%. and according to another study, the median income for a college grad-- nearly $56,000-- is more than double that of workers who finished only high school. >> low-skill labor is really in trouble in this economy. the demand for their services is shrinking like crazy. the traditional ways that they moved into the middle-class-- manufacturing, construction-- are dead in the water. >> reporter: and that income gap may only grow wider even as the economy recovers because the top end usually recovers faster than the bottom. katie? >> couric: anthony mason, thank you, anthony. and jobs are the big issue in the midterm elections. election day, by the way, is five weeks away, but early voting is already under way in seven states. with control of c
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